[LINK] Television archival
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Nov 16 16:53:06 AEDT 2007
At 12:23 PM 15/11/2007, Antony Barry wrote:
>On 15/11/2007, at 2:00 AM, Kim Holburn wrote:
>>Surely it would come under the purview of the NLA.
>Nope. National Film and Sound Archive <http://www.nfsa.afc.gov.au/>
But a search of the TV archive for "politics", found only 196 items:
Unlike print publications, there is no requirement for broadcasters
to lodge with the archive and no automatic right for the public to
access the information.
Perhaps the solution would be to regard the closed captions, which
are now on most TV programs, as being a print publication (the
copyright on the closed captions of a program is separate to that of
the audio and video). The NLA could then collect it, and as it is a
very small text file, it would be very inexpensive to hold and easy
to search. For research purposes the text of what a politician said
is probably more useful than the audio or video anyway.
Collecting the closed caption text would require a few digital set
top boxes and a very small computer. Broadcasters might be happy to
have the archive provide the closed captions, if it results in
referrals to their own web site.
ABC TV have searching available on some news content. There have been
many schemes to search and reference video by the closed caption
text. An example is Google Video <http://video.google.com.au/>. This
was released in 2005
<http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/pressrel/video.html>. But the
service does not appear to have been popular, either with the public
or the broadcasters. The Internet Archive also has some video
On Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 07:35:30AM -0800, Michael Still wrote:
> Well, I do know that a lot of Goodies and Doctor Who are lost. ...
The Australian Archives had some of the scenes from missing Dr Who
episodes, which the censor had cut out of the programs and kept
The Archives run a display of these occasionally.
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